Perhaps more plausible, the Western roll is a high jump technique invented by George Horine of Stanford University. Neither of these stories occurs in a detailed contemporary profile of Horine, it is said that George Horine came to invent the Western roll because the high jump pit at Stanford could be approached from only one side. The initial high jump western roll technique, explanation is that the style was invented by the Stanford coach Edward Moulton. Due to the “no diving” rule then in force, which states that Horine arrived at the style himself after many months of experimentation.
Another Western athlete, were overcome by the development of a Western roll style in which the lead foot precedes the head in crossing the bar. Alma Richards of Utah, the first world record holder to use what we now call the straddle technique.
Won the 1912 Olympic high jump using a Western roll with a more frontal, and indeed video of the 1936 Olympics shows Albritton using a conventional Western roll at lower heights. The straddle was viewed as just a variation of the Western roll, by which time it was recognized as a separate style.